OASE #91: “Building Atmosphere” With Peter Zumthor and Juhani Pallasmaa

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In OASE’s 91st editionBuilding Atmospheres, the elusive craft of creating, capturing and understanding ‘atmosphere’ in architecture is explored in a carefully chosen collection of themed essays by Peter ZumthorJuhani Pallasmaa and philosopher . Zumthor, famous for his 1996 text Atmospheres, identifies and discusses “a series of themes that play a role in his work in achieving architectonic atmosphere”. Alongside this, the OASE team have visited his studio and interviewed him about the current relevance of his writing and how he captures ‘atmosphere’ in his design process. 

AD Interviews: Ben van Berkel, UNStudio on London’s Canaletto Tower

Ben van Berkel. Image © Inga Powilleit

ArchDaily recently spoke to Ben van Berkel, co-founder and principal architect at UNStudio, an international network of specialists in architecture, urban development and infrastructure based in the Netherlands. The office, which was founded in 1988, has completed projects around the world ranging from Rotterdam’s Erasmus Bridge to the Mercedes-Benz Museum in Stuttgart. With over 81 built projects, and 54 currently in progress (including Raffles City in Hangzhou and Scotts Tower in Singapore), London’s Canaletto Tower (which is due to be completed in 2015) marks the practice’s first major project in the UK.

VIDEO: Bunker 599 / RAAAF + Atelier de Lyon

Bunker 599, one of 700 secret bunkers that were used to weaponize artificial hydrology in during the 19th century (see: New Dutch Waterline), recently underwent a radical transformation. RAAAF [Rietveld Architecture-Art-Affordances], in collaboration with Atelier de Lyon, sliced through the seemingly indestructible bunker to link visitors to an existing network of footpaths, create a publicly accessible attraction to those revisiting the NDW, and form a dramatic connection with the flooded plains that were altered more than 200 years ago.

The video above takes you through the process of altering the monolith, ending with film of the stunning result that has been attracting thousands of daily visitors since its completion. To learn more about the project, follow this link.

Villa Sterk / Inbo

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Architects: Inbo
Location: Bontebok,
Design Team: Eerde Schippers, Olof Schonewille, Fokke de Vries
Area: 470 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Auke van der Weide

Museum de Fundatie / Bierman Henket architecten

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Architects: Bierman Henket architecten
Location: Blijmarkt, Zwolle,
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2013
Photographs: Joep Jacobs

Fries Museum / Bierman Henket architecten

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Architects: Bierman Henket architecten
Location: Zaailand, , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge:
Collaborator: Bonnema Architecten
Year: 2013
Photographs: Michel Kievits

V’ House / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: Batterijstraat 42, 6211 ,
Architect In Charge: Wiel Arets Architects
Area: 530.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Museumkwartier ’s / Bierman Henket architecten

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Architects: Bierman Henket architecten
Location: HV ‘s-Hertogenbosch,
Architect In Charge:
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of Joep Jacobs

Adventure Tower / Ateliereen Architecten

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Architects: Ateliereen Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of Ateliereen Architecten

Pilot IKC Zeeburgereiland / Studioninedots

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Architects: Studioninedots
Location: Zeeburgereiland en Nieuwe Diep, , The Netherlands
Design Team: Albert Herder, Vincent van der Klei, Arie van der Neut, Metin van Zijl
Project Team: Daniel Aw, Jarno van Essen, Monika Pieroth, Eliano Felício, Pedro Piernas
Contractor: Verlaat Uden Bouwsystemen
Area: 2400.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Peter Cuypers

P+R De Uithof / KCAP Architects & Planners + studioSK

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Architects: KCAP Architects & Planners + studioSK
Location: Utrecht,
Year: 2013
Photographs: Ronald Tilleman

Brains Unlimited / Wiegerinck

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Architects: Wiegerinck
Location: ,
Area: 8,248 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Kim Zwarts, Leon Abraas, Courtesy of Wiegerinck

B05 / NL Architects

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Architects: NL Architects
Location: Boezemlaan, ,
Architects In Charge: Pieter Bannenberg, Walter van Dijk, Kamiel Klaasse
Project Architect: Sarah Möller
Area: 3600.0 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Courtesy of NL Architects

B’ Tower / Wiel Arets Architects

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Architects: Wiel Arets Architects
Location: ,
Design Team: Wiel Arets, Bettina Kraus, Carsten Hilgendorf, Joris van den Hoogen
Area: 15,000 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jan Bitter

Villa Kogelhof / Paul de Ruiter Architects

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Architects: Paul de Ruiter Architects
Location: Noord-Beveland,
Area: 715 sqm
Year: 2013
Photographs: Jeroen Musch

Sports Hall ‘De Smeltkroes’ Liessel / Slangen + Koenis Architects

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Architects: Slangen + Koenis Architects
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: Erik Slangen, Jakko Koenis
Design Team: Sander Laheij, Bart Solinger
Area: 1,400 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Marcel van der Burg

Amstelveen College / DMV architecten

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Architects: DMV architecten
Location: Amstelveen,
Design Team: Edwin Meyer Viol, René van Zoeren, Nicole Rickert, Martin Slegers
Area: 13200.0 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Courtesy of DMV architecten

Het Bushok / Borren Staalenhoef Architecten

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Architects: Borren Staalenhoef Architecten
Location: , The Netherlands
Architect In Charge: K.J. Borren, A.J. Staalenhoef
Client: Claartje Borren
Area: 48 sqm
Year: 2012
Photographs: Pieter Kers